Last week, two men died after their vehicles collided head on. They were driving over the river bridge on Interstate 430. The more well-known victim, local radio host Gary Digiuseppe, was driving south over the river when the other driver was coming north over the river in the wrong lane. According to KATV, both cars caught fire and "both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene."
If you have suffered the loss of a family member in this type of accident, you know this is one of the most tragic accidents: both parties killed in a senseless accident caused by a simple mistake in the early morning hours. There has been no indication of impaired or reckless driving on the part of either driver. However, it is important for family members who have lost loved ones in fatal motor vehicle accidents obtain compensation.
Why is it Important to Obtain Compensation in a Wrongful Death Claim?
For many families of wrongful death victims, the financial compensation is simply helpful. It is one less thing to worry about while grieving and recovering from the loss.
For most people, however, compensation in a wrongful death claim can be a matter of financial survival. Especially if the deceased family member had been the primary earner or even a significant contributor to the family resources, the loss can be devastating financially.
Another significant financial issue involves the medical costs before death, funeral expenses, burial costs, etc. A successful wrongful death claim can provide wrongful death plaintiffs with much needed compensation to cover these costs.
Pecuniary and punitive damages might be available in certain cases, as well, to increase a victim's family's compensation.
After suffering the terrible of a family member in a fatal motor vehicle accident, you only have one chance to hire the right lawyer. The most important thing you can do is talk with an attorney you trust, someone with experience and knowledge regarding successful wrongful death claims.